Lenovo ThinkPad R500


Lenovo ThinkPad R500Notebook: Lenovo ThinkPad R500 (Thinkpad R Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.9kg
Price: 1200 euro
Average Score: 77.5% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 78%, performance: 70%, features: 50%, display: 53% mobility: 60%, workmanship: 72%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 85%

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad R500

60% Lenovo ThinkPad R500 15.4-inch Budget Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
The Lenovo ThinkPad R500 may be their lower cost business class laptop, but it can be configured for under $750 with certain conditions. This makes for a very specialized systems with a good number of limitations on it. But, if you need a really fast machine and aren't necessarily concerned about storage space, having a DVD burner or even the software package, then the ThinkPad R500 may be a system to consider. It retains most of the ThinkPad's legendary durability and design that can't be matched by other budget systems.
3 von 5, Leistung gut, Verarbeitung gut
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/08/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 80% workmanship: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad R500 User Review
Source: English
Despite its problems, the Lenovo Thinkpad R500 is an easy recommendation for anyone desiring a laptop for basic tasks. It delivers more than enough performance for these programs and runs Vista without any problems. The overall build quality would make the R500 safe for travel, yet its weight and size hinders its portability. Still, its cooling system is best I have ever seen. As long as gaming is not high on your priorities, the Thinkpad R500 should be on your short-list for laptops under $1,000.
Emissionen sehr gut, Display gut, Verarbeitung zufriedenstellend, Preis gut, Mobilität mangelhaft
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/12/2008
Rating: price: 80% display: 80% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% emissions: 90%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad R500
Source: Laptop Mag English
For all the comforts of a desktop in a machine that can travel when duty calls, the Lenovo ThinkPad R500 fills the bill. We wish it were a bit more svelte (and stylish), but we have no quibbles with its performance, endurance, security features, and overall value.
4 von 5, Leistung gut, Mobilität mäßig, Verarbeitung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/21/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 50%

Foreign Reviews

80% Lenovo ThinkPad R500 NP29VGE
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 60% features: 50% display: 30% mobility: 60% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 80%
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 50% display: 50% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.


The T9400 is a fast middle class dual core CPU for laptops and basically a Core 2 Duo P9500 with a higher TDP of 35 Watt.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.4": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.9 kg: This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.

Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Lenovo reviews

77.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-09- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)